This year, the April paper shredding event occurs the week of Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, we encourage you to do a little spring cleaning and sift through your old papers to identify which ones can be recycled at our FREE PAPER SHREDDING EVENT from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Orange County Christian Church, 4872 Bishop St, Cypress, CA 90630.
Below are the four benefits of paper shredding and reasons to participate in our paper shredding event on Saturday, April 29:
- Reduces the Amount of Waste Sent to the Landfill and Resulting Emissions
The first benefit of paper shredding and recycling paper is obvious: Reducing the amount of paper we send to landfills saves space for other materials that may not be recyclable. Landfills not only smell and look bad, but they also emit two of the most harmful greenhouse gases: Methane and carbon dioxide. Twenty percent of man-made emissions around the world come from landfill sites. When these gases are trapped by and retained within our atmosphere over time, climate change occurs. The good news is that every ton of recycled paper produced saves 17 trees from being cut down. Trees are not only aesthetically pleasing but also can reduce the amount of carbon in the air by absorbing carbon dioxide. On average, 17 trees can eliminate 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Conversely, not properly recycling paper made from this same number of trees (17) can create 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
- Helps Reduce Clutter in People’s Homes or Offices
Despite the recent increase in paperless data management, workplaces use roughly 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. Additionally, over half of all paper sheets end up in the garbage on the same day they were printed. Collecting these papers and bringing them to a paper shredding event not only frees up room in your office or home, but it also helps ensure that unused paper is recycled so it can be regenerated and used again. Paper regeneration occurs at paper mill facilities. At these mills, “machines called pulpers introduce water and chemicals to break down the paper into fibers, according to Earth911. Then, any ink and adhesive is removed and the paper fibers start bonding together. Finally, the fibers are rolled and dried, then sent off to make new products” such as coffee filters and egg cartons.
- Saves Energy
Regenerating paper not only saves space but also energy. Using old paper to make new paper uses 65 percent less energy than making paper from trees. Every ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water. Using more energy also releases excess harmful emissions in the process. Using less energy will make us and our planet healthier.
- Eliminates Risk of Criminals Obtaining Your Personal Info
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “4 million tons of junk mail are sent to Americans annually. In addition to junk, people still receive plenty of legitimate mail including bank statements, credit cards and other bills. This not only annoys people, but also puts them at risk for identity theft, because mail can contain personal information sought by dumpster divers. This is especially common in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
So come to our FREE Paper Shredding Event and don’t forget to REGISTER FOR PRIORITY SERVICE!